The Future Ready Schools® (FRS) Leadership Cohort is a professional learning opportunity for school district teams within a state or region. We seek like-mind educators who strive to improve learning outcomes for their students through technology-enhanced instruction. To accomplish the cohort’s goals, we emphasize collaborative leadership and positive school culture focusing on innovation, excellence, and equity. The cohort provides its participants with the following:
Guidance and customized tools
Our country’s future health and financial well-being both depend on students’ performance and experiences in our education system. There is no denying that today’s system is at a critical crossroads. A high-quality education must be available to all students without exception. School systems must leverage technology to improve learning outcomes by personalizing their experiences and offering multiple pathways to success in work, college, and life.
Graduating from high school must no longer be seen as the end goal; it should be viewed as the beginning of a productive life-long journey with purpose and direction. Today’s educational system must fully equip every student with the skills needed to chart their course, allowing them to tap into their passions with a clear and deliberate path to a career and fulfilling life.
Driving Systemic Change
The effective transformation from the traditional one-size-fits-all school system to a robust learner-centered learning environment takes intentional effort and courageous leadership at all system levels. FRS helps district leaders, principals, and teachers work together to transform their schools using collaborative, creative, and courageous practices that improve learning outcomes for all students.
Vision – Plan – Implement – Repeat
Leadership Capacity Is Key
FRS believes that ongoing, effective, and thoughtful planning is essential to redesigning traditional school systems into centers of innovation and excellence. We also believe that successful digital transformation takes collaborative, courageous, and creative leadership. The FRS network focuses on building these skills and mindsets among district leaders, resulting in a positive culture and successful change management in traditionally entrenched systems.
Frequently, the FRS initiative gets placed mistakenly in an “ed-tech” category among educators. In reality, FRS is a leadership network that focuses on improving outcomes for students—especially those in historically underserved communities—through technology-enabled instruction in robust learning environments.
What Matters Most: Focus on Instruction and the Love of Learning
Buying devices and ensuring internet access is not sufficient to create change. Successful transition to a “future ready” school system happens when districts find a compelling blend of technology planning, collaborative leadership, and a sincere love for teaching and learning for the betterment of each student. As districts across the United States make enormous investments in technology—and plan for successful deployment—it is critical to emphasize the prioritization of improvements to instructional practices. Concentrating on what matters most will ensure that schools deliver technology’s promises for improved student outcomes.
FRS Leadership Cohort Benefits
Why Join a Leadership Cohort?
Now is an opportune time to join this cohort and harness our collective energy and expertise to deliver a world-class educational experience for every student, enabling America to emerge stronger postpandemic with students who are ready for success in work and life. District teams will benefit from participation as they work together to
- foster a growth mindset among teammates where policies and practices are student-centered, and goals are set for improved student outcomes;
- create dynamic schools that prepare students for their futures using improved instructional leadership; this work is not easy to do alone;
- assess readiness, identify gaps by gear, and achieve goals for implementing effective digital learning;
- learn about one-time creative uses of federal stimulus funds that support the effective implementation of high-quality digital learning strategies;
- build upon previous areas of strength and fill identified gaps;
- identify and redesign areas of need to better serve each student;
- unlock the training, tools, and collegial accountability needed to drive transformation;
- draw upon ideas from nationally renowned leaders in education leadership and school culture within the FRS framework;
- benefit from quick access to inspiring, relevant, and valuable content aligned with the FRS framework; and
- leverage the best aspects of Future Ready Schools to set and accomplish desired goals in changing student learning outcomes.
Districts that complete the cohort activities will experience unique outcomes based on the individual goals set at the beginning of the program. However, we anticipate those districts that finish the program may leave with the following
- Professional learning protocols to encourage and inspire innovative digital learning instructional models, frameworks, or strategies
- Skills, characteristics, and attributes of learners at one or various levels of development with instructional plans to achieve these goals for student learning
- A collection of instructional practices tested during the cohort that can be shared across the school system.
- A customized list of classroom tools that encourage teachers to innovate.
- A board presentation explaining the district’s goals for advancing innovation, excellence, and equity.
The needs of the will determine the content of the cohort gathered from the initial in-person meeting and readiness assessment. Each event will model high-quality professional learning. Cohort activities include but are not limited to the following:
- A live introductory session for interested district leaders describing the program’s benefits, components, and pricing.
- A one-day in-person kick-off workshop to build knowledge and awareness of the FRS framework, materials, and dashboard process.
- Monthly virtual 2-hour facilitated sessions to pinpoint goals, considerations, and recommendations, including the heart of the framework—student-centered learning—gear-by-gear, plus collaborative leadership
- An in-person capstone event to share final products and celebrate progress
Per District Team
This pricing is based on at least 15 districts signing up for this cohort with the components listed above. Add-on consulting services or technical assistance are available upon request for an additional fee.
Create a FRS Leadership Cohort team entirely based on unique circumstances and local needs. Here are some suggestions on who could be invited: